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An Americano in a high ball glass with a blood orange garnish.
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Americano Cocktail

This classic Americano cocktail is made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and splash of soda water. It's also a favorite drink of James Bond, but only if you use Perrier for the fizz.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 185kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari (3 tablespoons, see note 1)
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (3 tablespoons, see note 2)
  • club soda , soda water, or seltzer, chilled, for topping (see note 3)
  • 1 orange slice and/or 1 lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions

  • Fill a high-ball glass with ice. Add Campari and sweet vermouth. Using a bar spoon, stir to combine.
  • Top with club soda and gently pull up Campari mixture to the top, gently stirring to combine. Garnish with an orange slice and lemon twist and serve.

Notes

  1. Campari: This Italian liqueur is extremely bitter with notes of cherry, cinnamon, clove, and orange peel.
  2. Sweet vermouth: A fortified wine (made from grapes) that tastes sweet and bitter with notes of botanicals (herbs, roots, and barks) and caramel.
  3. Seltzer: Club soda, seltzer water, or mineral water all work here. James Bond insisted on Perrier, saying expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  5. Glassware: The Americano is traditionally made in a highball glass, an 8-ounce to 12-ounce glass tumbler such as a Collins glass.
  6. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Campari and 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) sweet vermouth in a pitcher. Have ice, soda water, glassware, and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  7. Negroni: The other famous Campari cocktail, a Negroni skips the soda water and instead uses gin (in the same amount as the Campari and sweet vermouth). Garnish with an orange twist or wedge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg